FanIQ Top 25: Time to take Clemson seriously?
1. Alabama Crimson Tide: 1-0 (LW: No. 1)
There were obvious issues along the offensive front, but that was expected as Alabama replaced three members of what could be called the best o-line in the history of college football. The line performed poorly, but will continue to learn and grow—which is scary considering the Tide still trampled over Virginia Tech for a 35-10 win in Blacksburg.
2. Stanford Cardinal: 0-0 (LW: No. 2)
Just because you don't play doesn't mean you should have to suffer any consequences. I stand by my preseason pick with Stanford at No. 2.
3. Ohio State Buckeyes: 1-0 (LW: No. 3)
The AP Poll dropped Ohio State to No. 3 after its lackluster performance against Buffalo, but I already had the Buckeyes in this spot. Bulls linebacker Khalil Mack was ready to go in the biggest game of his collegiate career, and showed NFL scouts why he'll be a first-round selection next April. OSU was missing a few key parts, but definitely has some cleaning up to do in practice.
4. South Carolina Gamecocks: 1-0 (LW: No. 5)
The gate for an SEC East title is wide open for South Carolina following Georgia's loss to Clemson. Well, that is, if the Gamecocks can beat the Dawgs this weekend. Recent history shows that shouldn't be a problem, as they've outscored UGA 97-55 in three wins in as many years.
5. Clemson Tigers: 1-0 (LW: No. 11)
This is a huge jump for Clemson, but that's what happens when you beat the reigning SEC East champs. Tajh Boyd and the Tiger offense took care of business, and the defense made big plays when needed. Dabo might have himself a national title contender after all.
6. Louisville Cardinals: 1-0 (LW: No. 6)
Teddy Bridgewater. That pretty much sums up the Cards' season-opening win over Ohio, in which he completed 82 percent of his passes for 355 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-7 route.
7. LSU Tigers: 1-0 (LW: No. 7)
Zach Mettenberger wasn't perfect, but there was a distinct difference in his confidence compared to last year's. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron had an outstanding debut as the Tigers combined for 448 offensive yards and were extremely efficient on third down (13-of-19) against a talented TCU defense.
8. Oregon Ducks: 1-0 (LW: No. 10)
No, I'm not going to shoot Oregon to the top of the rankings just because they beat an FCS team (which was a rare feat for most FBS schools this weekend) by a score of 66-3. Nicholls State finished 1-10 in 2012. I'm surprised the Ducks didn't score more, honestly.
9. Texas A&M Aggies: 1-0 (LW: No. 9)
More. I need to see more from this team as a complete unit before I can move them anywhere else. Six suspended defensive players allowed 31 points to Rice, and Johnny Manziel was benched in the fourth for mouthing off on the field after serving a first-half suspension.
10. Georgia Bulldogs: 0-1 (LW: No. 4)
Not only did its BCS title chances go to mush in the loss to Clemson, but Georgia lost its top wide receiver to an ACL injury in the process. Things could go from bad to worse with South Carolina coming up this weekend.
11. Nebraska Cornhuskers: 1-0 (LW: No. 8)
Nebraska barely slipped by Wyoming with a 37-34 win, but I can bet that most Husker fans took it as a loss. While it's true—Nebraska can't afford to play like it did in Week 1 anymore—I still think this team has the talent to get through the Legends Division unscathed.
12. TCU Horned Frogs: 0-1 (LW: No. 12)
Everyone is dropping TCU to the bottom of the Top 25 rankings. Why? Because they lost to a really good LSU team by 10 points? There's no reason to believe the Horned Frogs can't bounce right back and take care of the Big 12—and I think they will.
13. Arizona State Sun Devils: 0-0 (LW: No. 13)
I'm excited to see quarterback Taylor Kelly back in action for the Sun Devils, as they take on Sacramento State this Saturday afternoon.
14. Texas Longhorns: 1-0 (LW: No. 14)
It took awhile for Texas to knock off the rust and get things rolling on offense, but things finally clicked by the end of the second quarter and WHAM. David Ash was efficient, the backfield was explosive and the Longhorns combined for 715 yards off 72 total plays.
15. Florida Gators: 1-0 (LW: No. 15)
A 24-6 win over Toledo may not be a sexy score, but it's pretty impressive. The defense looked incredible, holding the Rockets to 1-of-13 on third down and just 205 total offensive yards. So far, this looks like the same exact team as last season, which in case you forgot, won 11 games.
16. Florida State Seminoles: 1-0 (LW: No. 16)
Don't get me wrong—Jameis Winston was INCREDIBLE. It doesn't get closer to perfect than what he did to Pittsburgh on Monday night. He's going to be a legend in Tallahassee, there's no doubt. But the Panthers' defense was atrocious, and I mean that in the worst way possible.
17. Oklahoma Sooners: 1-0 (LW: No. 18)
This isn't going to be your typical air-it-out Sooner squad. Freshman Trevor Knight can throw the ball, but brings a dynamic asset to the run game in which Oklahoma hasn't seen since Eric Moore in the mid-90's—and that's no comparison to what Knight can do.
18. Ole Miss Rebels: 1-0 (LW: unranked)
Ole Miss is going to be hard to beat this year, simply said. Bo Wallace looks so much more comfortable in the pocket and already looks like a guy that is making better reads at the line before slinging it with no sense of direction. WR LaQuan Treadwell is going to make the Rebels' offense extremely dangerous by spreading the field, and the defensive line looks to keep pressure on the opposing quarterback.
19. Cincinnati Bearcats: 1-0 (LW: No. 20)
Tommy Tuberville's debut as a Bearcat was impressive as he boiled the Boilermakers by 35 points. Don't sleep on Cincinnati—this is a team that could sneak up on you in November.
20. Fresno State Bulldogs: 1-0 (LW: No. 17)
It's not every day you see a team allow RUTGERS to score 51 points and shred your defense for 543 yards. We knew Fresno State could put up points, but now I need to see improvement from the other side. Nonetheless, the Bulldogs are 1-0.
21. Northwestern Wildcats: 1-0 (LW: No. 22)
Many of you that watched the Northwestern-Cal game have already tossed the Wildcats' chances to be a legitimate team in the Big Ten Legends Division aside. I completely disagree; in fact, I was very impressed with their resilincy. They lost their starting quarterback after two plays, their best playmaker couldn't stay on the field with a nagging leg injury, and their starting corner busted his knee and left before halftime. Not to mention Memorial Stadium was lit up like Christmas.
22. Oklahoma State Cowboys: 1-0 (LW: No. 24)
I may have been wrong with my pick, but still. Oklahoma State beat what looks like a 6-6 Mississippi State team at a not-so-neutral site. Cool.
23. UCLA Bruins: 1-0 (LW: No. 25)
The Bruins were the perfect mix of pass and run, scoring 41 points in the second half en route to a solid 58-20 victory over Nevada.
24. Washington Huskies: 1-0 (LW: unranked)
Washington thrashed Boise State, 38-6. It was pure and utter dominance in every phase of the game, outscoring the Broncos 28-3 in the second half.
25. Michigan Wolverines: 1-0 (LW: unranked)
Denard Gardner—I mean, Devin Gardner—was nowhere near perfect as he threw two interceptions in just 15 attempts. However, the running game was stout and the defense was strong, holding CMU to 3.7 yards per play.
Dropped from rankings: Virginia Tech (19), Vanderbilt (21), USC (23).
Other receiving votes (in order): Wisconsin, Miami (Fla.), Vanderbilt, Central Florida, USC, Michigan State, Baylor, Northern Illinois, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame.
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